How to eat healthy when you’re time-poor

How to eat healthy when you're time-poor

Are you time-poor and struggling to eat healthy? Do you want to eat healthier but just can’t seem to find the time?

We’ve all been there at some point. We’ve had a busy day at work, we’re exhausted and the last thing we could be bothered doing is preparing and cooking something healthy for ourselves. 

So, what ends up happening? We resort to takeaway or Uber Eats – food that provides our bodies with little to no nutrients. 

What happens next? The guilt creeps in and we start beating ourselves up. It’s a pretty vicious cycle, right?

Girl, we’ve got you covered, so that you can spend more time crushing your goals.

Here are four simple tips for eating healthy when you’re time-poor:

Stick to the basics

It’s so easy to overcomplicate things. The trick is to stick to basic recipes and basic wholefood ingredients. This certainly doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice on flavour.

When you are cooking with good quality ingredients and cooking simple recipes that take little to no time at all, you can be sure that you are getting the nourishment you need without the fuss.

For ultimate nourishment, think quality fats, protein, complex carbohydrates and fibre for every meal.

Cook once, eat many times

If you don’t consider yourself to be much of a whiz in the kitchen, you’re going to love this tip.

Increase the batch size of your meals so that you can have leftovers the next day (everything tastes better the next day anyway, am I right?).

Better yet, freeze what you don’t need for the days when you don’t feel like cooking at all.

How to eat healthy when you're time-poor

Shop online

Who has time to race down to the shops and buy food these days? Thankfully, you don’t have to anymore.

Carve out 10-20 minutes once a week to plan and purchase your food online. This not only saves on time but it also saves on food waste. Purchase only the ingredients you need for the meals you plan to have during the week. 

We are so lucky to now have the ability to have good quality produced delivered straight to our door so that you can focus on more important things.

One-pan wonders

There are hundreds of delicious one-pan/pot recipes out there that make eating healthy so incredibly quick and easy. Whack all of your ingredients in or on the pan, pot or baking tray, cook and enjoy.

Before you head out the door for the day, add all of your ingredients to a slow cooker, set and forget. When you arrive home, you’ll not only be welcomed by an aromatic experience but you’ll also have dinner ready to go when you are.

So, now there really is no excuse. Go out there and crush your health goals with these super simple tips that you can implement with ease each and every day of the week. 


This article was written by Lacey Flier and was originally published on A Girl In Progress.

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This article is syndicated from A Girl In Progress, a former lifestyle blog for women who are working on themselves, for themselves. They believe it’s possible to strive to become the best version of yourself, while simultaneously accepting yourself exactly as you are.